Turkey, Lentil, and Mixed Brown Rice Soup

12 Dec
Turkey Lentil and Mixed Brown Rice Soup

Turkey, Lentil, and Mixed Brown Rice Soup

Yay, a new recipe! And of course it is a soup recipe made with some of the turkey stock I cooked last week. I also had some dried green lentils left from the last soup I made (wow was that a month ago?), as well as some leftover cooked brown rice in the fridge begging to be used up. We had also frozen the leftover turkey breast from Thanksgiving, so this soup ended up being not only a no-brainer, but a deliciously wonderful and frugal dinner.

Here is how it goes:

Turkey, Lentil, and Mixed Brown Rice Soup

1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 clove garlic, minced
4 cups low-sodium turkey stock, preferably homemade (can sub chicken stock)
1 bay leaf
2 sprigs fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried
1/2 cup dry green lentils
1 1/2 cups chopped cooked turkey (can sub cooked chicken)
1 1/2 cups cooked mixed brown rice (or 1/2 cup dried)
2 teaspoons dried parsley
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
Ground pepper and Mrs. Dash or salt, to taste

Onions carrots and celery cooking

Onions, Carrots, and Celery

In a Dutch oven or soup pot, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the onions, carrots, and celery and cook until the vegetables are starting to soften, about 7 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook a minute more.

Mixed Whole Grain Brown Rice

This is the brand of brown rice I used

Next add in the turkey (or chicken) stock, bay leaf, thyme, and lentils. If using dried rice, add that now too. Cover and bring to a boil.

Simmering the Soup

Simmering the Soup

Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer with cover on for 45 minutes.

Uncover and stir in turkey and cooked rice, and continue simmering until lentils are tender, about 15 more minutes. Remove the bay leaf and thyme sprigs, then add the parsley and balsamic vinegar. Taste test, then add ground pepper and Mrs. Dash or salt, to taste. Serve with crusty bread.

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17 Responses to “Turkey, Lentil, and Mixed Brown Rice Soup”

  1. teagan geneviene December 12, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

    Hi Kathryn! I hope you’re doing well and that your parents are healing more each day.
    This sounds like a hearty soup. I’m not familiar with the Lundberg rice, but I’d love to have a mix or rice like that. Definitely looking for that. Keep the soup recipes coming! Mega hugs. 😀

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    • anotherfoodieblogger December 12, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

      Thank you so much Teagan! My mom has greatly improved, Dad’s healing is going much slower. I think any brown rice mix would do! XOXO


  2. Lynz Real Cooking December 12, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

    yumm sounds delicious and nice variety in there. Sounds like a hearty and very tasty soup! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Gerlinde December 12, 2015 at 4:09 pm #

    What a great way to clean out the freezer and fridge with this soup. It looks delicious and just right for a rainy day.
    I hope your parents are improving.

    Liked by 1 person

    • anotherfoodieblogger December 12, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

      Thank you so much Gerlinde. They are, albeit slowly. And yes, it was a great way to clean everything out! But I will make it again it was so good, even if I don’t have leftovers to start from. 🙂


  4. chef mimi December 13, 2015 at 10:03 am #

    Fabulous! Perfect for this time of year as well.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Michelle Williams December 14, 2015 at 7:06 am #

    Another delicious lentil soup recipe! Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. StefanGourmet December 14, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    Hi Kathryn, this is “leftover cooking” at its best.

    Liked by 1 person

    • anotherfoodieblogger December 14, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

      Why thank you Stefan! With the recent snowstorms I wasn’t able to get out of the house for fresh ingredients. That happens here in Central Oregon, USA and you have to make do with what you have.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. ChgoJohn December 20, 2015 at 4:30 am #

    This sounds great! Love the use of turkey stock at the base. I must admit, some of my best “work” has resulted from a refrigerator clean-out. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


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